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Oscar Taveras; 18 Facts in his Memory

OT3Today, October 26th, was the day of a fatal car crash that took the life of a promising young baseball player. Oscar Taveras, at the young age of 22 and his girlfriend, Edilia Arvelo were both tragically killed in a car accident. We here at want to honor his memory with 18 facts about him, the number he wore on his jersey.


  1. Oscar was known as “El Fenómeno” which is for “The Phenomenon”in the Dominican Republic.
  2. According to his father, Francisco Taveras, about age 5, He would say, ‘I’m going to make you the happiest dad in the world. I want to be a star. I want to be a major leaguer. I’m the phenomenon.OT1
  3. Taveras’ father was an outfielder in the Milwaukee Brewers’ minor league system.
  4. The St. Louis Cardinals signed Taveras as an international amateur free agent on November 25, 2008 for $145,000.
  5. While with the Class A Midwest League (MWL) in 2011 he had 33 multi-hit games, 17 three-hit contests and five four-hit games.
  6. He was the first Cardinals minor leaguer to win the Mid West League batting title since Brendan Ryan in 2004, he was 19.
  7. Selected to the Texas League All-Star team, Taveras started in center field and batted fourth. His 3-for-4, home run, double and two-RBI effort helped earn him unanimous Most Valuable Player honors for the game.
  8. In the 124 game Texas League season, Taveras reached base safely in 107 of those games.
  9. He also led the Texas League in extra base hits (67), doubles (37), total bases (273) and intentional walks (10). Therefore, Taveras was named the Texas League Player of the Year.
  10. In 2012 Taveras led all Cardinals minor leaguers in hits, doubles, triples, home runs, RBI, SLG and on-base plus slugging (.953), while also finishing in the top five in batting average and runs and was named Cardinals Minor League Player of the Year for 2012.OT2
  11. Entering the 2013 season, Baseball America ranked Taveras as the Cardinals’ best prospect and the third-best prospect in all of baseball.
  12. The Cardinals added Taveras to their 40-man roster on November 20, 2013.
  13. Beginning in the 2014 season, ranked Taveras as the second-best prospect in all of MLB.
  14. The Cardinals optioned him to minor league camp on March 14 but, on May 30, 2014, the Cardinals called Taveras up to their MLB roster in one of the most anticipated promotions in all MLB.
  15. He became the first MLB player from Sosúa to reach the major leagues.
  16. In his entire minor league career, Taveras was held hit-less in consecutive games just once.
  17. In 2014 at AAA Memphis, in 209 plate appearances, he walked just 14 times, but also struck out just 25 for a 12.1% strikeout rate.
  18. Making his MLB debut at Busch Stadium on the afternoon of Saturday, May 31, against the San Francisco Giants, Taveras flied out in his first at bat. However, he launched his first hit and home run, which traveled 418 feet (127 m), in his next at bat.  He became the youngest to hit a home run in his major league debut for the Cardinals since Eddie Morgan in 1936. It also started to rain, immediately forcing a 47-minute delay. The home run proved to be the game-winning run as the Cardinals won, 2–0.

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